March 24, 2010 - IGLOO Software a leading provider of social software solutions for business, today announced the availability of free online communities with business-ready solution templates. IGLOO's free offering is ideal for project teams, SMB’s, not-for-profits and associations and is available at igloosoftware.com/free.
No software. No downloads. No cost.
March 24, 2010 (Kitchener, ON) - - IGLOO Software (www.igloosoftware.com), a leading provider of social software solutions for business, today announced the availability of free online communities with business-ready solution templates. IGLOO's free offering is ideal for project teams, SMB's, not-for-profits and associations and is available at igloosoftware.com/free.
IGLOO's online communities offer powerful content management, collaboration and knowledge sharing tools, within one secure, cloud-based social solution. In the free edition, users can experience the benefits of an intuitive, drag-and-drop interface for web publishing and information sharing; Web 2.0 technologies such as wikis, blogs, messaging and forums for collaboration; and personal profiles for social interaction and professional networking.
"Our free version is truly game-changing", said Dan Latendre, CEO of IGLOO Software. "In this new world of Web 2.0, offering a free version of your software has become a normal course of business," he added. "But, unlike other free social offerings, our community solutions are focused on the needs of the business user - helping them to identify, connect and leverage the talent, knowledge and relationships that reside in their organization."
Online communities, powered by IGLOO Software, can be up and running in less than 60 seconds. Start from scratch or choose from a collection of preconfigured solution templates:
- Corporate Website
- Intranet/Team Space
- Partner Portal
- Customer Support Site
- Classroom & eLearning
Additional business templates will be available soon, including Project Team, Research Community, Sales & Marketing Community and an Event Site template.
"As with the introduction of any new technology, the smart organization starts small. [Make sure to] carefully define the business issue you want to address and work closely with business leaders in a controlled pilot to ensure that your organization will embrace social technologies," said Rob Koplowitz, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research.
IGLOO Software also offers a variety of value-added services, optional modules and upgrade features such as: BlackBerry® client to connect a mobile workforce; e-commerce integration to process paid memberships, donations or shopping cart transactions; desktop client integration to improve productivity; custom domain creation to reinforce branding; real-time communications integration with Skype™, Windows Live™ Messenger, Google Talk™ and Yahoo!® Messenger; Salesforce.com integration to improve visibility into sales and marketing metrics for Social CRM; and Microsoft® SharePoint integration to leverage existing infrastructure to access and share existing corporate information.
Pricing & Availability
IGLOO's free online community edition is available immediately at http://www.igloosoftware.com/free. The free edition is available for the first 25 members with unlimited anonymous users. To upgrade to IGLOO's Basic Edition for more than 25 members, pricing begins at less than $4/user; Enterprise Edition pricing is available for large corporations, entry level support begins at $2,000; and there is a collection of professional services packages to meet the needs of any budget.
IGLOO (www.igloosoftware.com) is a social software company that builds online communities for businesses. Uniting content management, collaboration and knowledge sharing tools, within one secure social networking platform, IGLOO enables organizations to quickly and cost-effectively create online communities to leverage talent, knowledge and relationships across organizational and geographical boundaries. Organizations use IGLOO communities internally to improve employee productivity (Workplace Communities) or externally to foster relationships with customers, partners and suppliers (Marketplace Communities). IGLOO's Social Media Playbook is a free online resource that includes a step-by-step guide; tips and tricks; best practices and strategies that teach proven community building methodologies. For more information visit: www.igloosoftware.com or call 1-877-664-4566.
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